Mental Health News: November 2017
Nov 01, 2017
I will never forget the first time I watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The movie is perhaps best known for its distressing scenes involving electric convulsive therapy (ECT), bodies writhing in shock as power surges through the brain. Although it was just a movie, and although Halloween is over, ECT is something should still alarm us.
Recent reports show that ECT is still a recommended treatment for mental health disorders like depression in the West, notwithstanding the lack of conclusive evidence for the therapy compared with placebo. ECT is actually on the rise in the UK, despite ethical concerns related to the use of ECT and professional adherence to N.I.C.E.’s (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines. Some doctors have even suggested that ECT be used as a treatment for aggression and agitation in patients who suffer from dementia.
As Harvard-trained psychiatrist and mental health advocate Dr. Peter Breggin shows, ECT is dangerous. It can cause lasting brain damage and memory loss, and often make mental conditions worse. A number of people who have gone through ECT treatment describe it as a “crime against humanity.”
ECT is not our only option. There are far more effective and safer treatments for mental ill-health. Even something as simple as “loving your neighbor” can heal mental disorders like depression and anxiety! And it is always important to remember that your brain can change (neuroplasticity) and grow new brain cells (neurogenesis). Transforming the mind works wonders, which Dr. Leaf has written down and recorded in her books, DVDs and online programs. There is always hope for healing!
**This is informative and NOT individual medical advice.
**DRUG WITHDRAWAL should ALWAYS be done under the supervision of a qualified professional. These drugs alter your brain chemistry, and withdrawal can be a difficult and painful process. There are thousands of patient-run sites on withdrawal from psychoactive substances on the Internet, and many books available in stores and online. We suggest you begin looking at the resources page on Mad in America or in Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients, and Their Families. New York: Springer Pub. Co., 2013.
**For general information on the current state of psychiatry please visit Mad in America.
**If you or someone you know is being threatened with drug treatment please visit Psych Rights.
**To report any adverse psychotropic drug effects you have experienced, and for more detailed individual drug information, please visit Risk.